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6 Quintessentially Michigan Outdoor Activities to Do This Winter

January 19, 2021

Snowshoeing through the woods, camping under the northern lights, ice fishing for pike — make the most of winter in Michigan with these seasonal activities

By Zoe Makhool

Featured photo via marquetteadventures.com

Marquette Adventures Ice Fishing

ice fishingPhoto via marquetteadventures.com

Combining Upper Peninsula fishing with personalized, guided trips, Marquette Adventures Ice Fishing offers customized tours fit for your needs. This family-friendly service has full, half-day or overnight adventures. All skill levels are accommodated and gear is provided. Get a quote and book a tour here!

Crystal Mountain

Crystal MountainPhoto via @crystalmountainmi

Located in northwest lower Michigan, Crystal Mountain features 58 downhill slopes for all ski lovers to enjoy. If skiing isn’t your thing, the resort’s Crystal Spa is open under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Explore the Night: Night Hike & Guided Telescope Observing

night skyPhoto via @ellasharpmuseum

See stars galore while getting your heart pumping with a night hike organized by the The Ella Sharp Museum and Dahlem Center in Jackson. Tickets are $8 for Dahlem or Ella members and $10 for non-members. Register now to secure a spot!

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

snowshoeingPhoto via 2.dnr.state.mi.us

If you’re brave enough to camp during the colder months, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a picturesque spot for winter adventures. Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls at the park’s Lower Falls-Hemlock Campground with snowshoe trails, ski trails, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling.

Headlands International Dark Sky Park

milky wayPhoto via midarkskypark.org

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Headlands International Dark Sky Park is the perfect spot for stargazing — or, if you’re lucky, catching the northern lights! The park is free of light pollution from nearby cities, which means you get a crystal-clear view of the night sky. The event center and gift shop are not currently open, but park grounds are open 24/7 and entry is free. Check out the Clear Sky Chart to see the best times for stargazing.

Stony Creek Metropark

cross country skiingPhoto via @mimetroparksL

Looking for a place that has all the fun winter activities? Stony Creek Metropark offers ice fishing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, ice skating, sledding and snowboarding when snow and ground conditions permit. Park hours are from 7 am to 8 pm. Annual vehicle passes for entry are $40 for residents or day passes can be purchased at the park for $10 per vehicle.

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